NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has announced that the construction of two ultra modern weighbridges at a cost of Sh740 million on either side of the Northern Corridor at Mariakani will be completed by the end of this month.
KeNHA Axle Load Manager in Charge Muita Ngatia said the civil works will be completed in three weeks time to allow for the fixing of the electronomical equipment in either side of the road ready for official commissioning by the end of August.
Ngatia indicated that the works are firmly on course and said the completion will further fasten the movement of goods and services along the Northern Corridor.
“We are happy with the progress so far undertaken by the contractor on site and the works are so far being implemented as per the contract,” he said.
The Mariakani works are being undertaken by Njuca Construction and is funded by the World Bank.
In Athi River, a similar project has been undertaken by Sino Hydro Construction Company and is also on course to completion.
The Kenya Transporters Association (KTA) has welcomed the erection of the two new weighbridges which it says will further ensure that its members are served better at weighbridges.
Meanwhile, Ngatia pointed out that the level of compliance to stipulated axle load limits among sand truckers has improved tremendously since the launch of SACCOS for members.
He stated that the sand truck members who have opted to join SACCOS had improved and urged the remaining regions to join SACCOS within their jurisdictions.
He said KeNHA will train members on ways to avoid overloading with a view to ensuring total compliance.
“KeNHA as always is more interested in self compliance rather than prosecution. But of course those who elect not to comply will have themselves to blame,” he said.
He explained that the KeNHA mobile axle load team will tour at least 10 counties in July to ensure those flouting axle load limit rules are nabbed.